15 Jun '11, 1pm

Your shoes could soon generate electricity from your movement for less than $4

Your shoes could soon generate electricity from your movement for less than $4

An artificial muscle, known as a dielectric elastomer generator, is a stretchy material that produces energy when deformed. Unlike traditional piezoelectric generators, which require quick, subtle motions to generate power, artificial muscles are better tailored to the “large, slow motions” we perform every day, according to Thomas McKay, a Ph.D. candidate working on soft generator research. (Case in point, they’re used to harvest energy from ocean waves .) The hand-pumped generators also don’t require myriad external electronics for power supply and storage.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/flexible-generators-could-turn-s...

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